Member of Parliament for Mangochi Central, Dr. Clement Chiwaya has appealed to residents of Mangochi town to properly coordinate development activities in a bid to sustain such initiatives.
He observed that Mangochi has the potential of becoming a big city if people united and coordinated in implementing various development programs as opposed to undertaking sporadic projects which could not be sustained.
“Anyone who has come to Mangochi recently will attest to the fact that Mangochi has developed beyond the expectation of most people in the past few years. The town is growing to the extent that we need to collaborate to avoid hotchpotch development which in the end may be in disarray,” he said.
Chiwaya who is also Second Deputy Speaker was speaking in an interview with the Malawi News Agency on the sidelines of a Mangochi full town council meeting on Tuesday.
On religious differences, the parliamentarian said lately there has been peaceful co-existence between people of diverging faiths, noting that most people were now tolerating each other which was a prerequisite for development.
“The leadership of Muslim Association of Malawi, the pastors fraternal and other people of good will have played a crucial role in discovering that through dialogue development can easily be attained and not through conflicts,” Chiwaya added.
The legislator commended his constituents for leaving in harmony, saying there is strength in unity.
Commenting on the newly constructed Mangochi stadium which is yet to be inaugurated, Chiwaya said the facility has put the town and the district on the spotlight because a lot of teams in the Southern and Eastern regions would want to play on the pitch.
Chiwaya emphasized that the facility once opened would contribute to the council’s revenue base on one hand and expose local talent on the other in the district.
“I am very grateful to the council for their dedication during the entire (stadium) construction project cycle since now we will have the much awaited functional stadium,” he pointed out.
However, Chiwaya discouraged vandalism as was the case at Bingu International Stadium where during the LUSO TV Bus Ipite match between Nyasa Big Bullets and Beforward Wanderers people looted paraphernalia.
He said development does not come cheap hence the need to safeguard all the infrastructural development to accrue more from such facilities.
“Most of the infrastructures are based on tax–payers which needs to be used prudently for the benefit of all Malawians,” Chiwaya said.
Chief Executive Officer for Mangochi Town Council, Sellina Chimphamba pledged the council’s commitment towards providing advice and guidance for the purposes of development to flourish in the town.
“We are going to work with service committees in efforts of ensuring that the council is providing up-to-date services to its residents so that Mangochi is the best place to live in the World,” she assured.
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